American Realism in the Early 20th Century

Workshop: Direct Realism - Historical and Systematic Perspectives

Direct realism in epistemology and the philosophy of mind is the view that perception is not mediated by representational means such as concepts or ideas but that things are perceived directly. More recently, this position has experienced an unexpected renaissance. However, direct realism had its heydays during the first two decades of the twentieth century, especially among the “new” realists in the UK (e.g. Bertrand Russell) and the United States (e.g. Ralph Barton Perry). The aim of this two-day workshop is to bring together historical and systematic perspectives on the direct realist conception. It is thus hoped that both perspectives will more thoroughly benefit from each other than to date.


21-22 October 2022


Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany
Online via Zoom (if the pandemic requires)

The programme can be found here.

See also our list of invited speakers.